In Group C of the Euro 2024 qualifying tournament, England will host Ukraine on Sunday night to maintain their perfect record.
Kane recently led the England team to a victory against Italy, scoring the winning goal and becoming the top scorer for the national team with 54 goals – leaving Wayne Rooney behind.
Gareth Southgate’s squad returned from Naples with a hard-earned victory, securing their first win over Italy on Italian soil in 61 years. This win was lovely for the Three Lions, who sought to avenge their Euro 2020 final defeat against the Italians.
With their victory over Italy, England currently sits at the top of Group C, ahead of North Macedonia on away goals scored.
The team is preparing to take on their next opponent at Wembley, hoping to extend their unbeaten run in European Championship qualifying home games to 11 consecutive wins. The team has dominated their home fixtures, having won 10 such matches since drawing 2-2 with Switzerland in 2011.
England Form (All Competitions): W D W W L W
Under the leadership of former manager Oleksandr Petrakov, Ukraine’s UEFA Nations League performance was mixed. The team won three, drew two, and lost one of their Group 1 contests with Armenia, Scotland, and the Republic of Ireland, finishing second behind Scotland and failing to earn immediate promotion to League A.
Now, the team is under the interim leadership of Ruslan Rotan, a former 100-cap international player. Their goal is to qualify for the Euros for the fourth consecutive time. However, topping Group C ahead of the finalists in England and Italy will be a significant challenge.
Despite the uphill battle, Rotan’s team brings a 10-game unbeaten streak in Euro qualifying to the English capital. Their last away loss in such games was a 1-0 defeat to Spain on March 27, 2015. With their impressive record, Ukraine will undoubtedly aim to cause an upset and secure a valuable result against England at Wembley Stadium.
Ukraine Form (All Competitions): W W D L W D
England’s expected starting lineup:
Pickford; James, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell; Henderson, Phillips, Rice; Saka, Kane, Foden
Ukraine’s expected starting lineup:
Lunin; Konoplya, Matvienko, Popov, Mykolenko; Malinovskyi, Stepanenko, Zinchenko; Tsygankov, Dovbyk, Mudryk
Head to Head
England has been more successful than Ukraine in their head-to-head matches, winning four out of the seven games.
Ukraine has won one game and drawn two, which shows they can undoubtedly challenge England when they meet on the pitch.
Time, Date & Venue
Date: Sunday, March 26
Time: 04:00 pm, UTC
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Ukraine’s unblemished run in Euro qualification should end quickly at the Wembley fortress, despite having non-jellied legs and perhaps a new boss bounce.